NEW YORK -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington disputed recent reports that the team demoted center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. because of his refusal or unwillingness to make adjustments at the plate.
"As far as the question as to whether that was a part of the decision to send him down, I would say absolutely not,'' Cherington said Wednesday night. "The decision to send him down was based on our feeling at the time that the offensive part of the game, that he needed to develop a routine that worked for him and that it was going to be easier, at that period of time, at Pawtucket.
"That was the reason he was sent down . . . There's never been an issue from the Red Sox' perspective about whether he's willing to work or whether he cares or anything like that. We're trying to find the right way to reach every player, including Jackie.''
And as for the progress he's made since his demotion?
"Overall, the results haven't been quite there yet,'' Cherington said. "He certainly is doing the work we expect of him and that's all we're asking right now.''
Bradley went 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts in the PawSox' 2-1, 10-inning victory over Syracuse Wednesday night in the opener of their International League playoff series. In his 14 games with Pawtucket he's hitting .212 with 1 home run and 5 RBI, along with a .246 on-base percentage and a .273 slugging percentage . . . numbers almost identical to the .216/.288/.290 slash line he compiled in 112 games in Boston.